After a weekend of baking failures and successes (?) I managed to ship off a GIANT (and heavy) box of baked goods and treats for Craig’s troops. It was quite an ordeal. And besides the part where things collapsed or burned, and despite how dirty my kitchen was, I had a good time. It’s nice to think and plan and shop and create. I needed the distraction.
After my tragic collapsing Nutella Swirl Pound Cake debacle, I opted to make a simple vanilla pound cake, instead.
It may not be perfect, BUT, it didn’t collapse, so I consider this pound cake a success.
Nestle’s baking website offers a few different tried and true recipes that ship well to foreign lands, so I used their double chocolate brownie recipe. ‘Cept I had to doctor it up a little bit with some of Caroline’s excessive Halloween Snicker bar stash.
Next up, I made snickerdoodle biscotti (AFTER burning two batches of cake mix biscotti). I wanted to include biscotti because it seems like it will ship well….and it’s SUPPOSED to be hard, therefore calming any fears about it arriving stale.
Also, biscotti goes well with coffee; Craig and his co workers all chipped in to buy a Keurig coffee maker, so I included the biscotti along with some coffee and hot chocolate K-Cups for their Keurig.
So far we have coffee, biscotti, brownies and pound cake. But wait…there’s more.
According to a knowledgeable source, Rice Krispie treats are hit or miss; sometimes they arrive still fresh, but sometimes they’re stale. Ever the optimist, (ha!) I’m choosing to believe they’ll make the trip safely; I made some with the pumpkin spice marshmallows I bought a few weeks ago. I also, of course, doctored them up with white chooclate and sprinkles, because I cannot leave anything alone. Chances are this was a faulty move on my part, but again, I’m choosing to believe they’ll arrive still fresh and tasty….and not a hot mess like my collapsed pound cake.
Even if they do arrive stale, at least they’re pretty. And festive!
I may be on the verge of turning 35, but I still love sprinkles. My friend Debbie’s three girls hate sprinkles. I didn’t know that was even a possibility. Wait, Craig doesn’t really like them, either. Also? He doesn’t like Rice Krispie treats. Such an odd man.
I digress….. Last but not least, I made cookies. Oatmeal cinnamon chip.
And here’s where I raise the dork factor here at The Neurotic Housewife even higher. I made autumnal themed labels for all the goodies. Yes. I. Did. I cut apple, turkey, pumpkin and pear shapes out of card stock, glued bows on them and attached them to cut out leaves (which I had from a previous project a few years ago.)
This is for real.
I told you I was a dork! In fact, I wrote a note to the goodie box recipients assuring them that I’m NOT a dork for making autumnal themed labels. Except, I totally am a dork and the note was all a big lie.
I probably went overboard with all the baked goods, ridiculous labels, coffee and candy (clearanced Dove pb/milk chocolate Promises for $1.12 a bag and leftover Halloween M&Ms), but those guys work really hard. And also? They have to put up with Craig every day. Ha!
And for that reason alone, the least I can do is send them some cookies.